People are naturally social creatures. Whether it is a wedding, cocktail party or holiday celebration, social gatherings will likely include alcohol. Alcohol can slowly impact your mental cognition, so you don’t even realize the feeling of being impaired, but many factors come into play. This is why using an online calculator would be especially helpful.

Many factors come into play when determining your blood alcohol level. Weight, age, and gender are all variables. Others include how much you have eaten, how much water you have consumed while drinking and how long you have been partaking. All of these variables can be entered into the calculator to give you an estimate of your B.A.C. Knowing this information can make the difference in your safety and the safety of others. It could also prevent a costly DUI.

Other ways to prevent drinking related problems include pacing yourself and making sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach. Fats and proteins can slow the absorption of alcohol which keeps your B.A.C. lower. Having a non-alcoholic drink between drinks can help you to stay social for longer and prevent a hangover. Resist the temptation to try to keep up with a heavy drinker. Each person has an individual tolerance due to the above mentioned factors. Playing drinking games or contests can potentially result in less fun later on. Drinking games is one of the leading causes of blood alcohol poisoning.

Investing in a personal Breathalyzer may be another option to help you to avoid a DUI. This device can be used to estimate your B.A.C along with other tools such as the blood alcohol calculator. If you attend many social events where alcohol may be present, this small device could come in handy. Another way to keep yourself and others safe and out of trouble is to contact a ride service if you ever find yourself too impaired to drive. There are usually several choices available and apps are easily downloaded on your phone to make things even easier.

In our modern society, there are not many excuses for driving drunk. Tools are available to help individuals determine their blood alcohol level and whether or not they really should be driving. If there is ever a question, it is always better to err on the side of caution and let someone else take the wheel.

This guest post was written by Curtis Boyd for the Law offices of Silver and Silver.